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M Rigaud

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 3 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign. Affairs whether any representations have been made to the French authorities in North Africa, with a view to securing the removal of M. Rigaud from the control of the police?

M. Rigaud is Secretary for Internal Affairs, and his province includes police and security measures. In these matters he works through the police and security authorities of separate administrations. M. Bringard has, according to the Press, recently been appointed Director-General of Security in Algeria. There is no doubt about his Allied sympathies. No representations have been made by the British or American authorities in North Africa to the French North African authorities on the subject of the position of M. Rigaud.

Is not the record of M. Rigaud so bad as to justify some representations being made?

My hon. Friend probably knows that M. Rigaud gave considerable help to the American authorities before the landing took place.